On any given day, there are about 4,000 inmates in solitary confinement in New York State. And people can be kept there for years.
The United Nations says any time in solitary beyond 15 days is torture. And the Vera Institute — a justice policy nonprofit — says it’s just inhumane. The institute is launching a new initiative to reduce solitary confinement use in New York City.
This Wednesday, Wikimedia and eight other organizations sued the NSA. The lawsuit challenges the agency’s widespread use of mass surveillance online. I spoke with Michelle Paulson, senior legal counsel for Wikimedia, about how they believe the NSA’s program is damaging to privacy and even freedom.
There are estimated to be 4,000 homeless young people on the streets of New York. And about 1,600 identify as gay, bisexual or transgender.
A report released last week shows that many of them are trading sex for food, cash and a warm place to sleep. On a recent Sunday, a large group of LGBT homeless youth came by a Greenwich Village church for a hot dinner.